The EU immigration portal, has visa information displayed for both short stays and long stays.

The sections below provide more information about the partner-specific visa arrangements. Please note these regulations can change regularly and can differ depending on individual circumstances.  Further information will be sent out prior to the start of the programme.

IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that visas are obtained in time to start the relevant mobility period of the programme. Please ensure that you research visa application requirements for all of your mobility periods and allow plenty of time to apply for each of your visas throughout the programme. Self-funding students in particular should bear in mind any proof of sufficient finances required for each application.

University of Glasgow | United Kingdom

If you are an international student (including EU/EEA nationals) you will be required to apply for either a Student Route Visa (valid for the full duration of the programme) or a Standard Visitor Visa (valid for semester one only) for the UK. Please see the International Student Support pages for detailed guidance on the application process.

Student Route visa

You will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University of Glasgow in order for you to make a Student Route visa application. We will issue CAS to all international students who have received and accepted an unconditional offer, normally from three months prior to the start of the programme. For Erasmus Mundus scholarship students, we will provide a Confirmation of Funding letter to help with proof of funding required for visa applications. This will be provided at around the same time you receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter from the University Admissions Team. Visa processing times are usually around three weeks.

Standard Visitor visa

If you want to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa we will issue a letter of support. Please note that a Standard Visitor visa will only be valid for the first semester of the programme. If you intend to return to the UK at any other point during the programme you would be required to make another visa application.

If you intend to come to the UK on a Standard Visitor visa, please note that non-visa nationals do not need to apply for this in advance; however, are required to show certain documentation and have their passport stamped when going through immigration control on entry to the UK. Please be aware that if you enter the UK using the eGates at immigration control, or travel to the UK via Dublin, you should retain your flight details or boarding pass to show to Compliance at the University as proof of your date of entry to the UK. You can check if you are a visa national for the UK here (please choose study and 6 months or less as the duration).

Student Responsibilities Under Student Route Visas

If the University of Glasgow has issued you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to obtain your student visa for the UK, the University must comply with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations regarding attendance monitoring and absence reporting as well as checking that you have the necessary documentation and permission allowing you to undertake study in the UK. You will therefore have to register at the appointed time; provide appropriate documents, e.g. passport, UK biometric ID card; ensure that you attend your course and if you can’t, make sure that your School knows why you are not attending; etc. For full details of these responsibilities please refer to the important information on the Immigration Compliance pages.

Please also see the UKCISA Protecting your Student status information.

Student Route vs Standard Visitor visa

When deciding whether to choose the Student Route or Standard Visitor visa, please note the following:

• The Student Route visa will be valid for the UK for the entire two-year duration of the programme. This also means that should any new travel restrictions arise to Spain or Sweden after the first semester, you will be able to remain in the UK until these are lifted.
• If you have to make any subsequent visa applications from within the UK, some Embassies will only accept applications from students who have a Student Route visa.

If you need any advice on any of these matters please check our International Student Support information or contact the International Student Support Team.

Student visas/residence permits for future mobilities

Students who are citizens of EU countries; do not currently require a visa to study in Spain, Greece, France or Italy. However, you may be required to register with the local Police department, for example, upon arrival so please check requirements carefully for each of your mobility periods.

Students from outside the EU; please ensure that you research visa application requirements for all of your mobility periods and allow plenty of time to apply for each of your visas throughout the programme. Self-funding students in particular should bear in mind any proof of sufficient finances required for each application.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Greece

If you are going to Greece in the second semester you can apply for your visa three months ahead of arrival in Greece. You can apply at the Greek Embassy in London during the first semester and further details on the process will be sent to you shortly after the start of the semester. Please note, however, that you will require police records from your home country as part of the application process so you may wish to obtain these documents ahead of arrival in the UK.

Students will need to apply to a Greek Consulate for a national visa type D before going to Greece. The application may be submitted up to three months before arrival in Greece. Students should inform us which consulate they intend to apply to. The University of Athens will send the student an official pre-acceptance letter and a formal request addressed to the relevant Greek consulate requesting the issue of a student D visa. The type D visa gives the right of multiple entry to Greece during the period specified on the visa. It also gives the student the right to travel to other EU countries for up to 90 days.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid | Spain

EU Citizens

Students from all Member States of the European Union (EU) must have a valid ID card.

Upon arrival to Spain, as a citizen of the European Union, instead of pursuing a residency card, you will only need to obtain a registration certificate as an EU resident.

For further information, please check the following link

Non-EU Citizens

All students that are non-EU citizens must obtain a study visa from the Spanish Consulate prior to traveling to Spain. For further information, please check the following link

Please note that Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Greece belong to the Schengen area but the UK does not belong to the Schengen area.

Students from outside the EU who wish to study in Spain after the UK will require a Schengen Visa.

Under new EU regulations, it is now possible to apply for a study visa for Spain up to six months in advance of arrival. Details of the new regulations can be found here. This means that you can apply for your Spanish study visa from your home country before coming to the UK and we would recommend that you do this.

If you are going to Spain in the second semester you should contact the local Spanish Embassy in your home country for details of how to apply. You should apply for a long-stay study visa. Please note that in order to apply for this type of visa for Spain you will be required to provide medical and police records from countries you have lived in. We will provide Admissions Letters from Autonomous University of Madrid for students going to Madrid for mobility 2, for use in your Spanish visa application.

If you are unable to apply for your Spanish visa from your home country ahead of arrival in the UK, you can apply for your visa at the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh. Please note that in this case, if you wish to apply for the long-stay study visa you will also require police and medical records from Scotland.

In order to have a student visa granted, an acceptance letter from UAM is necessary. It is recommended that the request for the study visa at the Spanish Consulate is made at least two months in advance, prior to the date of arrival in Madrid.

After entering in Spain students should request a student residence permit within the period of one month after the entry, apply for it in the Foreign Office in Madrid. The documents have to be presented personally by the student. This card, is valid for one year and can be extended annually.

Important: All foreign official documents must be previously legalized and, if necessary, must be translated into Spanish or official language of the territory where the application is submitted.

Important note to be considered for those non EU students coming to Spain the second year from another Schengen country (Greece, France, Italy, Portugal)

The Schengen Visa Scheme allows visitors to obtain one visa to visit the 25 EEA countries. A long stay visa allows the student to stay for more than 3 months and must be applied by person at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country. It is recommended that you apply for a long-stay visa (Type D) with multiple entries and for a period exceeding 180 days. When applying for your visa it is important that you specify that you need a visa for the entire duration of your study programme. This type of visa will enable you to ask for a student residence permit. Requirements are different for each type of visa and sometimes for each embassy. Processing time could take several months for long term visas, it is highly recommended to ask for it in advance.

When applying  for your visa it is important that you specify that you need a visa for the entire duration of your study programme (two years, no matter if you are going to change of EU country to follow your EUROSUD Programme). Because if you have it for the completed length, when you change of country, you will not need to apply for a new visa, it could be valid by Intraeuropean Mobility.

Aix-Marseille Université | France

Prior to arrival at Aix-Marseille University, students will come with the respective paperwork from the 2nd semester partners (NKUA [Greece] or UAM [Spain]), usually a residence permit for study purposes, which will also entitle the student to a French residence permit for study purposes. Two months before the student’s departure to Aix-Marseille University, the student should go to the French Consulate to ensure that his/her residence permit allows him/her to study in France.

At AMU, a “welcome bureau” has been dedicated to support mobility (incoming and outgoing students). In this regard, 7 officers from the international relations office are present in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence at the beginning of each semester. They provide guidance for the international students throughout the academic year. They have the technical and administrative capacities necessary to give an informed and considered response regarding visa regulations, security measures and health. This Bureau works in partnership with the Prefecture, the OFII (French Agency in charge of immigration and integration) and the CROUS (providing a wide range of service including accommodation on campus, financial aid for housing, job offers for students). In that way, the services offered to the international students are more efficient to perform the admissions and administrative formalities required to be enrolled at Aix-Marseille University.

LUISS Guido Carli | Italy

Non-EU students who are staying in in Italy for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) no later than 8 working days from their arrival in Italy. How to obtain the Permit of stay for study reasons:

Step 1: complete the yellow kit available at Post Offices with the Sportello Amico service. However, you will receive a yellow kit from Luiss School of Government during the welcome week. Once completed, you can deliver the kit to the authorized post offices, along with the following documentation: 1) your passport, 2) a copy of all pages of your passport (blank pages included), 3) a copy of the letter of acceptance to your degree course/ program, 4) a copy of your health insurance policy, valid on Italian territory and for the entire duration of the residence permit you have applied for. At the post office you will be given a receipt with user id and password, with which you can check the status of your application.
The receipt includes information on the date when you will have to go to the Police Headquarters (Questura) to submit the second part of your application. It is very important that you keep this receipt with you at all the time, since it will allow you to stay legally in Italy until you will obtain the official permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno). Moreover, the receipt will allow you to keep track of the status of your request through the user ID and password indicated, by consulting the Immigration website, under the Area riservata stranieri section.

Step 2: the Immigration Office will contact the student by priority mail to set up an appointment to submit the below documentation and in order to have your fingerprint taken. To proceed you will need: the priority mail the Immigration Office sent you (the receipt given by the post office is enough)plus the four items mentioned in Step 1 and 4 recent passport-size photographs.

Step 3: a second appointment will be set up to collect the electronic Residence Permit. Please note that obtaining the Permit generally takes from 2 to 3 months and you need to return to the Police Office (Questura) collect it when it is ready. The cost of obtaining your residence permit, duty stamps included, is approx €160. Please consider the main differences (and different purpose) between a student visa and a residence permit.

Setting up for your arrival

Instituto de Ciências Sociais | Portugal

EU Citizens

Students from all Member States of the European Union (EU) must have a valid ID card. European Union citizens staying in Portugal for longer than 90 days, should request a residence card from the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) within 3 months after their arrival. All EU citizens are entitled to this card, which is valid for one year and can be extended annually.

Non-EU Citizens

All students that are non-EU citizens must obtain a study visa from the Portuguese Consulate located in their home country prior to traveling to Portugal. In order to have a student visa granted, an acceptance letter from ICS-ULisbon is necessary. The study visa is only valid for the expected duration of the study period, and/or up to one year. It is recommended that the request for the study visa at the Portuguese Consulate is made at least two months in advance, prior to the date of arrival in Lisbon. It is suggested that students carry with them an entry record (Declaration of Entry), for the first three days after their arrival in Portugal. It is recommended that all exchange students both EU and non-EU citizens are always in possession of their identification documents. Under the terms of the Schengen Agreement for border-free travel amongst people within the Schengen area, students in possession of a visa from a Schengen State do not need to obtain another visa.